Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pentecost

Jesus lives in us through the Holy Spirit

John 20:19-23

Now we understand: this day is when the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus all come to: our own resurrection and new life in Jesus.  Jesus may not be with us physically, but he resides in us, through us, and with us, all because of the Holy Spirit.

In the book of Romans, it says, "From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free..." (Romans 8:22)

The Holy Spirit has given birth to us as a Church.  Three things are born from the Holy Spirit that make up the Church:

1. Unity and not of division - One language, one voice, all of us understand each other ... this is the Holy Spirit, uniting us with one another and with God.

2. Humility and not pride - the language of men was born from the desire to reach God in the heavens in the Old Testament's story of Babel.  Now, taking a humble stand before God pleases Him above all else.

3. Total availability to God vs. serving self - The Holy Spirit makes us totally available to serve God without hindrances whatsoever.  This runs counter to people who have no time for God but have all the time for themselves.

Jesus continues to live in us.  As Jesus suffered, died, and rose again, we too shall die and live with Him.  Thanks be to the God the Holy Spirit!

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